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Emergency Planning With Horses
12th May 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
So far, this year, Mother Nature has dealt us some interesting weather challenges. 2014 started out with extreme cold and blizzards, and already, tornadoes are touching down and floods are forcing people to flee their homes. Itís ...
Branding and Identifying Your Horse
10th May 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Have you ever thought of what you would do if your horse were lost or stolen? Itís not something you can really plan for, beyond locking up your gates or barns and making sure your horse is always kept safe and secure. However, if ...
 
Horse in Texas Team Roping Competition Tested Positive for Rabies
7th May 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
It seems to be shaping up to a rather odd spring when it comes to outbreaks of diseases in horses. EHV is still a concern in some areas, while in other places, EIA has been a problem. Another disease that has hit the horse headlin ...
Should Police Horses Be Banned
5th May 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
The debates over whether horse-drawn carriages should be used on NYC streets continue. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who promised to have the carriages shut down has now softened his stance after a carefully planned campaign ...
No Cars Allowed In These Cities
3rd May 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Itís hard to believe, but there are a few places on the planet where the horse (or close relation) still reigns supreme, and cars are banned. To me, that sounds like a little piece of heaven on earth, and the ideal destination for ...
Windsor Castle Horse Groom Job Open Now
1st May 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
I hope that HRHís birthday wasnít too marred by the fact that she needs a new groom for her stables at Windsor. The job listing for the position is open until May 2nd, which means thereís still a few days left for you to apply. A ...
Breaking the Horse Hair Whorl Code
28th Apr 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Over the years, I've read and heard a lot of old sayings and lore about horses. One thing I've always paid attention to was the position of the whorls of hair on my horses. There is a lot of gypsy and folklore about these swirls o ...
Euthanization Imminent for Wild Mustang Herds in Western Utah
27th Apr 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Once again, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is coming under criticism for mismanaging Mustang herds, this time, in western Utah. On drought ravaged lands, Mustangs are being blamed for a shortage of grazing. However, proponent ...
2014 EHV-1 Symptoms and Outbreak Locations
24th Apr 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Another disease has made the lives of horse owners and their horses miserable in recent weeks. An outbreak of Equine Herpesvirus began at the beginning of March, and horses in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa were affected, with thre ...
How to Avoid Barn Drama
21st Apr 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
There are three things common to almost every stable that no one really wants: flies, manure piles and drama. Of these three, the flies and manure can be the easiest to get rid of. However, barn drama seems to stick around, and it ...
Canadian Parliament Considers Law to Limit Horse Slaughter
17th Apr 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
What happens to horses now that the US slaughter plants no longer can accept them? They are shipped to Canada or Mexico. The laws that shut down the plants havenít really stopped horse slaughter. Theyíve actually ensured that hors ...
New PonyBox Account Changes
12th Apr 2014   |   Ponybox News   |   PonyBox
Starting shortly, all PonyBox server accounts will be merged into one server. This means PonyBox and the legacy Morgan, Paint, Pegasus and Nokota accounts will no longer exist as separate server logins. In addition, the PB3 sim ga ...
A Royal Obsession - All the Queen's Horses
11th Apr 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
On April 21, Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II will turn 88 years old. She is certainly not your average 88 year old, and that's not just because she may be the most famous woman in the world. Outside her queenly duties, HRH e ...
It's Shedding Time
8th Apr 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
There's horse hair up your nose, in your eyes, stuck to your shirt and in your own hair. Happily, shedding season has arrived in North America. I've noticed this spring that the horses have started shedding a bit late. Horses star ...
Controlling a Strong Horse
6th Apr 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
One of the most common problems many riders have is slowing down a horse that is a puller, or is very forward. The problem may be more noticeable after the horse has had a break, and has stored a little excess energy, like after t ...
The Life of The Coal Mine Pit Pony
3rd Apr 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
A long time ago, a friend's mother took my sister and I, and her two daughters to see a Disney movie, The Littlest Horse Thieves. The movie was released in 1976 and was about three children, who on learning that a coal mine's pit ...
Take Care of Your Riding Helmet
1st Apr 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Your riding helmet is a very important piece of equipment that helps protect the one part of your body that is very difficult to fix if it gets broken: your brain. Helmets don't require a great deal of maintenance, but they do ben ...
Six Horses in Tennessee Quarantined After Testing Positive for Equine Infectious Anemia
30th Mar 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Six horses in Tennessee have been put in quarantine after testing positive for Equine Infectious Anemia. Horse owners in the state are being advised to test for the virus. Equine Infection Anemia is most commonly spread from horse ...
PETA Video Exposes Horse Racing Drugs and Deaths
28th Mar 2014   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
Have you watched a video released by PETA called Horse Racing's Daily Double: Drugs and Death? It's a 9 minute exposŤ of the horse racing industry's use of drugs to enhance performance and mask injuries and lameness. The video sta ...
Preparing for the Spring Trail Rides
26th Mar 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
As spring slowly breaks here in the northern hemisphere, many of us will finally be able to access trails that have been deep in snow for the last few months. Even some people who are normally able to head out have been slowed dow ...
Why I'm Jealous of My Horse
25th Mar 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
I don't like to complain, but there are a few things that make me jealous of my horse. I probably wouldn't want to be a horse, but if I were, these things would make me happy. I'll admit I have accumulated a lot of shoes over t ...
10 Diseases You Can Catch From Your Horse
23rd Mar 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
When we're working around horses, we tend to share a lot of germs with them. Who else but a horse owner would eat a sandwich with one hand, while brushing their horse's tail with the other? We've all done it and probably haven't c ...
Horse Blanket Measuring Tricks For a Perfect Fit
21st Mar 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
It may seem like a strange time of the year to be buying a turn-out rug, but spring is when many tack shops are clearing out their winter stock and warm winter rugs are on sale. Just like buying yourself a coat, it's important tha ...
So Miley Cyrus Doesn't Like the Horse Carriage Trade
19th Mar 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
What do Bo Derek, Liam Neeson, Willy Nelson, Alec Baldwin, Gloria Steinem, Lea Michele and Miley Cyrus have in common? Yes, they are all celebrities. But, they are also celebrities who have spoken out about horse welfare issues. B ...
How to Fight Back Mean Girls at the Barn
17th Mar 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
So we know one way someone became a mean girl, and what it's like to be bullied by a mean girl (or boy). Most of us feel like we've been bullied at one time or another, and it can be a very hurtful experience. So, what do you do a ...
Mean Girls at the Stable - The Making of a Mean Girl
15th Mar 2014   |   General   |   Saferaphus
When my daughter and I first met Jessica, she was quite a normal little horse crazy girl. Actually, horse crazy doesn't quite describe the enormity of her love for horses. So when she joined the Pony Club my daughter belonged to, ...
Illinois State Junior Horse Show
14th Mar 2014   |   Shows and Events   |   Uphill Climb
For almost three years I leased a mare named Queenie. Recently, Queenie and I competed at the Illinois State Junior Horse Show in a few different classes. Our first class was Hunter Horse Over Fences and it was not very pretty at ...
The Impossible - The Story of Choc - Part 5
12th Mar 2014   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
There were just two options - A second surgery to remove the plate that had been put in just eight months earlier, or... Putting Choc down. All at once, I was thrown back into a nightmare from which I had barely awoken. Had we rea ...
The Impossible - The Story of Choc - Part 4
10th Mar 2014   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
The next few weeks of her recovery were full of ups and downs. The wound would begin to heal, and then infection would set in again, and once more Iíd have to wait, scared to death, while they tested to see if it was in the joint. ...
The Impossible - The Story of Choc - Part 3
8th Mar 2014   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
To me, putting Choc down was never an option. For a horse so full of life, and so eager and ready to take on her next challenge and fight to keep living, it would just be wrong to take away that chance. This, of course, left two o ...
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